We are studying the Middle Ages in history and of course we had to come across Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series is an awesome addition to our studies! Lois Burdett has retold some of Shakepeare's classic plays in a way for children to understand, but she still includes several original quotes and keeps with the poetic feel of each play.
I'll admit- I was daunted thinking of reading a Shakespeare play with the kids, but then I remembered...these plays weren't written for scholars and educated people. They were written for the public. Many of whom, back then, would have thrown a half eaten sausage onto the stage if he didn't like or understand what was going on. So, I think we will fare just fine!